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DEP Construction Dumpster Program – NIH Bethesda




Program Information

Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D)

Dumpster Rules and Exclusions

Project Officer's Guide

Site Selection

Section I. Site Selection Request

Section II. Requesting a Construction Dumpster for the Bethesda Campus

Section III. Requesting a Dumpster Pull with Return Delivery

Section IV. Requesting Permanent Removal of Dumpster

Construction Debris Waste Management and Recycling Plan

Consolidated References


Program Information

The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP), Waste and Resource Recovery Branch (WRRB) provides construction dumpsters for all construction and renovation projects on the Bethesda Campus at no cost.  The dumpster rental, transportation, and disposal costs of all collected non-hazardous construction and demolition debris (C&D) are covered by DEP.  Dirt debris, however, is not included.

NOTE: Extremely large projects such as entire building renovations are handled on a case by case basis.

This service is part of ongoing NIH efforts to meet the Memorandum of Understanding outlined in the Guiding Principles of sustainable federal buildings. NIH is required to divert 50% of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris as well as maintain the records.

DEP services include:

  1. Identifying local Construction and Demolition (C&D) recycling and salvage outlets during the project planning stage (see NIH Design Requirements Manual Construction Waste and Materials Management & General Waste Management)
  2. Preparation of a Construction Debris Waste Management and Recycling Plan
  3. Providing 30 cubic-yard open-top containers to specified locations on the Bethesda campus
  4. Pulling the dumpster when requested to the recycling facilities (please allow 24 hours for pull)
  5. Returning the dumpster to its on-site location
  6. Providing documentation to meet requirements of the Guiding Principles and/or third-party green building certifications (e.g., LEED, Green Globes).

For questions about this service, please contact DEP staff at 301-496-7990, or visit our office in Bldg. 13 Room 2W64. 



Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D)

DEP (301-496-7990) should be advised of all demolition efforts to ensure that debris is recycled properly and efficiently.

DEP uses local facilities that maximize the recycling of construction debris.  Reports from these facilities summarize the types and quantities of debris recycled for each project.  

DEP remains the repository of all construction and demolition recycling data and can provide these reports for officials seeking recycling information or for third-party green building certifications (e.g., LEED).  Please contact DEP (301-496-7990) to attain recycling data reports.

The most common recyclable material:

  • Concrete
  • Crushed asphalt
  • Dry wall (panels and studs)
  • Masonry
  • Plastic materials
  • Scrap metal (includes all types of metals and all forms such as ductwork, valves, shelving, etc.)
  • Wood and lumber


The NIH Project Officer should inform DEP (301-496-7990) if significant amounts (determined on a case by case basis) of scrap metal are to be removed, as scrap metal needs to be collected in a separate roll-off dumpster.  Scrap metal should not be contaminated with other debris material.

The contractor should also inform DEP if significant amounts of stainless steel metal are to be removed. Stainless steel has a higher recycling value and should be collected separately from scrap metal.



Dumpster Rules and Exclusions

The construction debris dumpster must be placed within secured, temporary fencing to prevent scavenging or illegal dumping.  Debris should be spread evenly in the dumpsters and not filled past the rim.

The following items are permitted in the dumpsters; however, they are not currently recycled:

  • Carpeting and pads
  • Gypsum wallboard
  • Roofing materials

These items are NOT permitted in the dumpsters.

  • Chemical wastes
    • Adhesives
    • Gasoline
    • Joint compound
    • Oil
    • Paint
    • Strippers
  • Electronics
  • General trash
  • Toner cartridges
  • Hazardous/universal waste
    • Fluorescent lamps
    • Light ballasts
    • Batteries
  • Used tires
  • Cardboard (cardboard boxes are to be flattened and left on the loading dock for recycling)
  • Unbroken ceiling tiles (unbroken ceiling tiles must be separated and stacked on the loading docks; broken ceiling tiles go in the trash)



Project Officer's Guide

This section annotates the Project Officer (PO) responsibilities for the Site Selection Request Applications in relation to the Construction Debris Dumpster program.

PO responsibilities:

  • The PO is the point of contact for the Government and is to consult with DEP prior to beginning a construction  project (see NIH Design Requirements Manual Project Officer)
  • Prepare and submit the Site Selection Request Form.  (Division of Facility Stewardship); a request for use of DEP Dumpster Program can be submitted within this form.
  • Ensure contractors follow Dumpster Rules and Exclusions
  • Notify DEP and ESI (contractor) a minimum of five (5) days for initial dumpster placement
  • Submit dumpster 'pull' requests to ESI to have dumpster emptied and returned (please submit request at least 24 hours before pull)
Request permanent removal of dumpster at the conclusion of the project


Section I. Site Selection Request

Before a dumpster will be delivered, the Project Officer must submit a Site Selection Request Form.  A minimum of two weeks (14 days) is required for review. Security fencing around the dumpster may also be required, especially if hazardous materials are generated.

Contact the Division of Facilities Stewardship (DFS) Site Coordinators at 301-526-9381 or 301-802-9810 or for dumpster permission.  DFS will determine the appropriate site for the dumpster.

Section II.  Requesting a Construction Dumpster for the Bethesda Campus

To receive a construction dumpster please send an e-mail:

To:  John Prom (DEP)

Cc:  Jacquelyn McGauley (DEP); Tierra Robinson (DEP); Mansi Mehta (DEP); Tom Pfaffman (ESI)

The email is to provide the following information:

  • Date that dumpster is to be delivered
  • Building and loading dock location
  • Project officer name, contact phone number, and email address
  • Project name
  • Project number
  • Expected duration of project
  • Number of square feet involved in the project
  • Estimated number of pulls expected from this project 
  • Expected types of debris with estimated volumes
  • Approved Site Selection Request

NOTE: a minimum of 5 (five) days advanced notice is required

Section III. Requesting a Dumpster Pull with Return Delivery 

Dumpster pull requests are to be e-mailed to the same addresses listed in Section II, by the Project Officer, or designee.  Requests should specify the project number, the building number and the loading dock location.  Next-day pull service can be provided with the dumpster returned in 1 – 2 hours.

Section IV. Requesting Permanent Removal of Dumpster 

Please use the same procedure described in Section II. Next-day service can be provided. Requests should identify the project number, building number and the loading dock location.

Please contact DEP at 301-496-7990 with any questions about the Site Selection dumpster program including:

  • Requests for specifically dedicated dumpsters assigned only to large construction and demolition projects

DEP's approval for usage of our nearest dumpsters at various locations on campus by small construction and demolition projects. 

There are several types of permanent recycling dumpsters located at loading docks listed on table below:

Campus Recycling Dumpsters

Type of Recyclable Bldg # Loading Dock
Dumpster Size
Construction Debris10-B2, 13, 31A, 31B, 38, 38A, 4530 cubic-yard open top
Metal Only10-B2, 11 (East side), 13, 25 (Surplus Yard)30 cubic-yard open top
Cardboard Only10-B2, 25, 33, 35, 45, 5030 cubic-yard compactor




Construction Debris Waste Management and Recycling Plan

As described in the NIH Design Requirements Manual (Section Recycling Demolition Debris), a Construction Debris Waste Management and Recycling Plan is to be submitted to DEP prior to demolition activity.  This requirement is waived for projects that use the DEP Construction Dumpster Program; the plan is implemented by DEP at no cost.

DEP, its contractors, and disposal sites have made the collection of the construction debris as user-friendly as possible. The DEP recycling service hauls the roll-offs to a sorting facility, where it is weighed and the contents are dumped onto a tipping floor. The sorting facility uses various mechanical methods to separate the different recyclables and assess each separate pile as a percentage of the load (e.g., 20% concrete, 30% dirt, 10% wood, 20% ceiling tile, 5% carpet, 15% miscellaneous recyclables or trash). 

The sorting facility sends a report that details the total weight of the contents of the roll-off dumpster, and the percentage of each category recycled.  DEP receives the report and will provide the data to the Project Officer upon request.

Contractor should not overfill or move the container after placement by DEP. Contractor will call DEP to have the container moved or emptied. Contractor is responsible for any damages to the container beyond normal wear and tear caused by general negligence, moving the container, or overfilling (to include structural damages to the door latch, locking system, channel steel, punctures, ripped bars, bent walls, door, floor). DEP reserves the right to repair or replace any damaged containers at the Contractor's expense within two weeks of written or emailed notification.

If the contractor does not use the no-cost DEP Construction Dumpster Program, the contractor must submit a Construction Debris Waste Management and Recycling Plan as part of the contract bid proposal. The Contractor will assume all costs in the storage, collection, transportation, and recycling of debris. Documentation will then need to be provided to DEP showing that discarded materials from new construction, renovation, or demolition projects have been recycled to the maximum amount feasible. 



Consolidated References

NIH Division of Technical Resources (DTR) guide on policies, design requirements, standards and technical criteria for use in planning, programming, and designing NIH owned, leased, operated, and funded buildings and facilities.

Division of Technical Resources (DTR) Technical Bulletin 2016 ("Executive Order 13693 – Part 2"), reviews the agency's action plan to implement sustainability and policy goals under EO 13693

Committed signatories to leadership in implementing common strategies for planning, acquiring, siting, designing, building, operating, and maintaining high performance and sustainable buildings.

EPA information on recycling and reuse of construction and demolition debris

Third-party green building certification, LEED. Website discusses requirements on Construction and Demolition Waste Management.




This page was last updated on Jul 01, 2019